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money. that makes hillary clinton formidable to them. >> michael shure we appreciate it. that is our show for today. i'm david schuster for ali velshi for everybody here at "real money" thanks for watching. watching. >> back on the streets. in baltimore a rally for freddy gray. the second night of curfew goes into effect as thousands of demonstrators protest police brutality in cities coast to coast. no indictment. another city another case of police using deadly force. a dallas grand jury decides officers will not face charges for the fatal shooting of a mentally ill plan man.
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>> crisis in nepal. why it has been so hard to get food water and shelter to those who desperately need it. and money for hostages. it's against american policy but a new report says the fbi encouraged the family of a hostage to pay ransom, what they're saying about the allegations. good evening i'm antonio mora, this is al jazeera america. protests over freddy gray's death are spreading to cities across the u.s. hundreds of demonstrators demanded answers. in washington not far from the white house protesters gathered on pennsylvania avenue. demonstrators were out in houston, boston and as can you see in these pictures, minneapolis. it all began in baltimore where
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a city curfew has been in effect for over an hour. telling people to go home. >> let's go home. i'm interested in people going home. let's go home. let's go home. let's go home. let's go home. >> paul beban is not far from where elijah cummings was doing his work there. paul what are you seeing there now? it seems very quiet. >> reporter: it has quieted down quite a bit antonio. that was just half an hour ago not long after congressman cummings was here telling the freem hispeople from his home district to go home. after what had been a peaceful and somewhat celebratory day here. we still have a pretty heavy
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police and national guard presence here although they have thinned out considerably in the last half hour or so. this has been the flash point for last couple of days but police saying they think they have got the situation largely under control. the city is stable and they want to keep it that way. hundreds of protesters took to the streets of baltimore again to call for justice for freddy gray. the protest took place as baltimore tried to return to normal after days of unrest. maryland's governor says it's time to get back to business as usual. >> we want to get people out there today going about their business there is no question in my mind the city is now safe. >> reporter: and there were signs on this sunny day that the city is righting itself. open tourist attraction like the national aquarium and even a free outdoor concert downtown courtesy of the baltimore sim symphony.
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symphony. but at camden yards a slightly different scene. the orioles played to an empty stadium. come on, this is only a game. on the streets signs of the city still on edge. thousands of police officers and national guard members on patrol heading off any violence and enforcing the curfew. but religious leaders who marched to city hall this morning say this is just a band-aid. not a solution. >> it is working, it is pressure, it is force. how long can you deal with the force to deal with the underlying reason to cause you to have this force. >> reporter: a stark contrast to monday's 235 arrests causing a backlog in the city's jails. >> we have not had any arrests any major or significant
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demonstrations connected throughout city and we continue to have officers spread out throughout the city able to respond to any incident should that arise. >> but the city is holding it's breath a state of emergency remains in place to clean up the medication after monday's riots. the situation remains fluid. we are seeing the national guard, a number of hum vees, pulling through the intersection an uneasy peace has settled on baltimore, we're on the second night of the curfew we hope things remain this way. throughout the course of the evening, antonio. >> thank you paul. here in new york, antibrutality demonstrations have been taking place. melissa tan joins us. the holland tunnel was closed as
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well as the through way. what are you seeing? >> the protests started in union square and then they came and rallied, to some demonstrations in times square. it has been interesting chanting black lives matter, we spoke to some protesters and this is what they had to say in terms of why their outrage tonight. >> every time i look on tv there's another innocent black father son student person that quite frankly looks like me being killed or being reported to be unjustly handled in some way. i frankly feel i can't stay home. >> that's why i'm here. i have a son who's 15, he's also black, i don't want to see him get killed with all the things that's happened. >> by and large protesters have
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been peaceful but from what we understanding nypd has made 60 arrests tonight antonio. >> thank you melissa. loretta lynch talked about the situation in baltimore. she called the violence agrave danger to the community and added it is counterproductive to developing a respectful attitude between the community and law enforcement. meanwhile a grand jury in dallas refused to indict two police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill black man. a year ago. his family said he was not dangerous. hdges joinshdges joinsheidi zhou-castro joins us from dallas. heidi. >> they said the police department did violate the civil
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rights of jason hrns and harrison and say they are taking that fight to court. >> okay. [ knocking ] >> police. hello. what's going on. >> reporter: dallas police shot jason harrison five times within nine seconds of the mentally ill man coming to his front door. >> drop it. drop it. >> jay jay jay oh they killed my child, oh they killed my child! >> a dallas grand jury watched the video and indicated it will not indict the officers. the harrison family will file a civil lawsuit. >> it's hard to see someone standing in front of you with a taser and instead of a taser they pull out a .357. what why?
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it's because you can. you know? you do it because you can. >> reporter: the 38-year-old had suffered from schizophrenia since his early 20s. >> we were close as a family. me and my brother and my mom. but his medical condition like i say you know, the person that i knew that i grew up with you know it was a different -- it was a different person. >> reporter: but his brother said harrison was never violent. his mother says she called 911 that day in june to ask them to help getting him to the hospital. >> my son has bipolar schizophrenia. >> harrison's plotting knew to ask for officers trained in treating the mentally ill. an officer's body cam captured the encounter. harrison had a small screwdriver in his hands.
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you see the screwdriver very clearly in his hands. what is he doing with it? >> he is pit is piddling with it. again, dealing with mentally ill people they sair into stare stare into space they fiddle with things. >> the key moment, the dallas police said that your brother lunged at these two officers and they felt threatened and that justified their use of force. what do you think of that? >> you saw the tape. it doesn't -- it just doesn't take a rocket scientist to see. >> the video's really hard to tell. you don't see him lunge you don't see him lunge either. you don't see him do anything. >> you actually see him go to his left. there's a guy to his right yelling at him with a gun in his
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face. you see him on the corner of the porch is where he's standing, literally at the corner of the porch and that's where he falls like a tower boom. >> dallas police have not immediately responded to our request for comments, antonio. >> heidi zhou-castro in dallas, thank you. the supreme court heard arguments today over whether the use of a new execution drug violates the constitution. the drug medazelam they say it doesn't protect them from feeling pain, pain that would violate the eighth amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. it's supposed to be painless. images taken from a closed circuit surveillance camera shows the scene in kathmandu.
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people going about the daily lives and suddenly the earthquake hits. so far the earthquake is confirmed to have killed more than 5,000 people. slow moving humanitarian relief efforts nepalese government says the damaged roads are make it difficult to get aid to where it's needed. they're running out of food water and patience. >> i had to build this myself and borrow money to do it. no help is coming our way. no fresh water no heat no toilet. this makes me angry. >> specialists arrived in kathmandu along with several tons of emergency supplies. coming up, the fbi helped arrange a ransom payment for a hostage of al qaeda.
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the concerns of a german pilot five years before he crashed a plane load of people into the french alps.
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>> questions were raised about the mental health of andre@lubitz, years before he crashed a plane into the french alps. officials refused to give him a medical certificate in 2010 but eventually they did give it to him after he completed treatment for depression. he is accused of crashing a germanwings plane into the french alps about. the policy to not negotiate with terrorists or pay ransom to terrorists overseas. this comes a month after the aid worker's death was announced. it's clear the u.s. doesn't negotiate with groups it considers terrorists.
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the u.s. also prohibits its citizens to paying ransom to the same groups. but wednesday the u.s. was asked whether those policies still exist. >> there are irrelevant policies that exist for both. >> asked whether they paid a ransom in 2012. the money was paid by the family of warren weinstein according to the article the fbi vetted a pakistani man used to deliver a ransom payment of $250,000 to al qaeda. >> the united states government will not make concessions to terrorists. to do so it would only put american citizens at greater risk and would only serve to allow terrorist organizations to better finance their ongoing violence. >> the white house says paying
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ransom encourages terror groups to kidnap more americans but the wawjtthewall street journal report said intelligence prompted his family to pay. not only did the fbi represent that the ransom represented the best way to get back but it was the least attractive options to get him back. the family paid the ransom and he was never returned. an apologetic president obama. >> we will find out what happened identify the lessons that can be learned and improve andchanges that can be made. to prevent the loss of innocent lives. >> for more on this we're joined by christopher voss, in los angeles flit.
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christopher good to have you with us. we've heard it repeated often u.s. policy we do not negotiate with terrorists. is it not hypocritical to have the fbi involved in any way with facilitating a ransom payment to al qaeda? >> you know there's a lot of important key elements to all the things you just said. i'd like to draw some distinctions. first of all you notice that the white house officials say we don't negotiate with terrorists. they say we don't make concessions to terrorists. so first of all that means there are two very different things. we shouldn't be afraid to communicate and we're not afraid to communicate and there was communication in this instance. >> but in this case we're talking about communication and a concession. >> well, that gets us -- good point. that gets us to the second issue. what actually happened and what were they trying to do and did the people who were doing it knew what they were talking about? now, to me the issue is that the weinsteins got bad advice.
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in my view the people that were involved in this were in over their head. a kidnapping is an ongoing crime against a family. and the government should not abandon people who are in the middle of being victimized by a crime. warren weinstein wasn't the only victim here, the entire family was a victim. the federal governmental shouldn't abandon you at that point and leave to you fend on your own. what you need is good expertise and people who know what they are talking about and this is what i question here. not whether they are trying to save the weinsteins from being further victimized but with whether or not the people they were dealing with knew what they were doing. >> but what about josh earnest saving one life could put multiple lives at risk? >> in reality, there is nothing to prove or back that up. the rand corporation has a study out that is yet to be made
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public that kidnapping is targets of opportunity they don't go into a shopping mall and say there's a german here, tajitalian here, american here. the ransoms that are being paid are not as much fuel on the part of particular victim but the fact that large ransoms are being paid, western europeans open the bank vaults to terrorism. >> what are families to think? the government has even threatened to prosecute pairns who pay ransom or are even involved in facilitating ransom payments to terrorists. >> you know exactly right. and in this day and age any family that is out there who is a victim of kidnapping internationally, you have to be confused. the american government over the last year, year and a half, two years if they're not threatening victims with prosecution then
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it's hard to tell exactly what they are doing. in my view there is a lack of expertise and coordination going on behind the scenes. the government has a legitimate mission here, i don't think they're executing it well. >> only have about 15 seconds. what do you think the government should do? >> i think they should take a hard look at the people involved and question their expertise and their ability to do the job as opposed to looking at policy question is a way of looking the other way to people who knew what they were doing. policy is a bit of a deception. i think the policy is fine. >> former fbi hostage negotiator christopher lawson thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> bernie sanders an independent and a self described democratic socialist announced his candidacy tonight. he says he wants to focus on tackling widespread economic disparity in what he called a disgraceful campaign finance system. so far secretary of state
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hillary clinton is the only democratic contender. we'll go back to baltimore next for a look at the city's troubled schools why a senator says the schools are broken. broken.
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>> the powerful at times disturbing pictures coming out of baltimore this week showed teens even children rioting and throwing bricks at police.
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now, is the city's struggling school system partly to blame? del walters has more. >> in baltimore it came down to the a battle between brooks books and bricks. a long standing problem in baltimore: is the educational system broken? >> i think it is. i think it's broken definitely. >> she should know. before a corruption conviction forced her out sheila dixon was the mayor of baltimore. before that she was the president of the city council. before that she studied early childhood education. >> we have to go back to some basic fundamental things. when is education going to become the priority in everybody's household where that's first and foremost before anything else? >> according to a recent study of 800 residents from 55 baltimore neighborhoods parents expressed dissatisfaction in the schools and lack of education on
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the part of the teachers. residents also went on to say the schools lacked extracurricular activities. facts not lost on the white house and president obama when he talked about the problems with baltimore school system. >> if we are serious about solving this problem then we are not only going to have to help police but we have to think of what we can do the rest of us to make sure that we're providing early education to these kids to make sure that we're reforming our criminal justice system so it's not a pipeline from schools to prisons. >> but dixon says far too long washington has been part of the problem not part of the solution. too much talk and too little in the way of funding. >> there have been presidents that have campaigned on the theme of education. has there truly been an education president in this country frr from your standpoint as a local politician in a big
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city? >> no, from the former -- >> in your opinion it's all talk? >> yes it's all talk. >> in baltimore far too many schools are still closed and as you can see from this one the chains themselves have rusted. kiana sanders runs an early childhood learning center in baltimore city. her kids go to the city school system. >> what's missing? >> the lack of educational programs, the lack of recreation systems for these children, people actually being able to believe in them. >> reporter: in the meantime, schools like this are symbolic of a bigger problem a city that many believes has abandoned its kids. back here live in baltimore at north avenue and pennsylvania, before we spend too much time talking about the city's present school system we should remember its glorious past, in 1906, an
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african american man named thurgood marshall graduated from here and became the first african american supreme court justice. antonio. >> you had an opportunity to talk to another very important baltimore leader. >> in fact he is not only a very important leader, he's a graduate of the school system, elijah cummings graduated from baltimore city high school back in 1969. talked to me exclusively about what he wants the world to know about this neighborhood he calls loam. >> i want them to know that there are a lot of great people here. if you wait a little longer, if you were to wait a little bit longer you would see people getting an early bus. 5:00 5:30 they work hard, many of them don't have jobs. and they want jobs. we got a lot of young men who have gotten caught up in a trap of being arrested, and many of them have gone to prison, served
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their time, and now they can't get a job. they are in pain. >> antonio, to a person, the people that we talked to say that this is a very complex problem. as we have been reporting throughout the week they say that baltimore city school system did not get here overnight and fixing it simply is just going to take time. antonio. >> del thanks and it's good to see that the streets of baltimore seem mostly quiet tonight. the u.s. economy appears to have slowed to a crawl. gdp and spending seem to have been sluggish in the first quarter of the year. that is likely to delay an interest rate like from the federal reserve no. the end of the year or later. today florida announced a series of -- ford announced a sefers rawlsseries of recalls . ford fusions were susceptible of
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corrosion in the steering column. others are recalled to correct a fuel pump issue. ford has received no reports of accidents or injuries related to the recall. a russian cargo spaceship is spinning out of control above the earth. annal on board camera shows just how fast it is tumbling. the on board aircraft is carrying food fuel and other supplies to the space station. the russians are trying ogain control of the spaceship but if they can't the ship and its supplies will likely burn up in the earth's atmosphere in the next ten days. i'm antonio mora, that's the news. for any further news head over to "inside story" is up next. have a great night. night.
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